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    July 22, 2011
    4:30 - 5:00am EDT  

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this heat wave until today. >> we try to do different things to keep cool, go to the water park and different things like that. but when you come back with no air, it's like you're back in the heat. >> reporter: now she has two window acs thanks to a rockville program that distributes units to qualifying families who don't have central air. >> this is a blessing. >> reporter: the city of rockville has handed out 32 new and used air conditioners since june -- all of them have been donated. >> and i see you're sweating inside this house, so they need it. >> yes, they definitely do. when i walked in here earlier, it's like you're in an oven. >> reporter: some do have central air, but if the units aren't maintained well, the high temperatures and humidity can tax the system to its breaking point. >> a lot of them are breaking down due to neglected maintenance. and the heat's not helping either. once you get above 100, they're working really hard. >> reporter: the air
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conditioning people are handling up to 15 calls a day. some like musician david taeg are choosing to be in the heat, but we didn't find many people listening to his outdoor concert in clarendon. >> not insulting at all. i'm actually surprised there's anybody out here at all. >> reporter: even after the sun went down, people were still trying to cool off. kids enjoying the fountain in arlington, but many of the outdoor dining seats were empty. >> i've been inside all day, and i wanted to come out and get a little bit of a hot breeze here. and i did notice i'm the only one sitting out here. >> reporter: the folks who received those free air conditioners were very thankful, and they were able to rest a lot easier in a much cooler home. in arlington, darcy spencer, "news 4 today." 4:31 is our time right now. veronica johnson is here. can you make up something? just lie to us today, veronica. >> funny you should say that. someone walked into the news room and came inside and said,
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boy, it's cold out there. just for a split second, it made you say hold on. >> what did your friend say? satan called and he wants his weather back? >> yes. today we're peaking. tomorrow is 91 or 92. today on the decline, probably hitting 99 for a temperature. >> whoa, 99. >> this really is insane, not just the high heat we've gotten but the high humidity. in many, many years of forecasting here, i can honestly say the temperature so early in the morning here shortly after 4:30, i've never seen the heat index at 97 degrees. >> and it's 4:32. what's it going to feel like at noon? >> we're going to see it drop a bit. i'm going for a heat index 115, 118 or so. 86 degrees the current temperature. that dewpoint is at 77 degrees. temperatures throughout the area
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are running in the upper 70s to mid-80s right now. the heat index, again, most locations, danella, close to 90 degrees. we're going up to a high today of 100 to 101. >> it's definitely hot out there. i have a little bit of good news for you. those southbound lanes on georgia avenue have reopened at randolph road. that's great. so the water main break has now cleared, reopened the roads. this is a good thing. so far i'm checking the roadways as well. let's start out with the beltway in virginia. i'm looking at the beltway, and it is clear in virginia as well as maryland. so far it's a great commute for this time of morning. and shooting down the local roadways in d.c., this is seventh and eighth street. chinatown is looking good as well as the other roadways in d.c. back to you, aaron and eun. >> thank you, danella. it appears there will be pro football this year as the nfl owners agree to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. now all that's left is for the players union to vote on the
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deal, which could come as early as today. news 4's hakim dermish has the latest on how soon the lockout could be lifted. >> good morning, everyone. 31 of the 32 owners voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement last night. however, the players did not vote last night and will not agree to a deal because of unresolved issues. the owners are now giving the players until tuesday to vote, but the players are expected to vote later today. here's nfl commissioner roger goodell. >> i think we've crafted a long-term agreement that can be good for the game of football, good for the players, be good for the clubs, and mostly, importantly, good for our game and for our fans. we really are anxious to get back to football, and hopefully today's development and the developments over the next few days will make sure of that.
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>> it's been hard for months and months. i'm just happy for our fans and our players. i'm anxious to see the players. it's been a while now. so i'm relieved. >> here's a look at the tentative schedule. team facilities will open on saturday. on sunday teams may begin to sign undrafted rookie free agents. on wednesday, free agency would begin. the hall of fame game has been cancelled for august 7th. the first preseason weekend will begin august 11th, and the redskins are scheduled to play the steelers on friday the 12th at fedex field. we all hope that happens. if so, you can see that game here on nbc 4 at 7:30. that's all for now. i'm hakim dermish. have a great day. investigators are trying to figure out what led to a shooting involving a d.c. police officer. one man was shot around 10:00 last night in the 5800 block of 13th street northwest. police say officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun. the victim survived the shooting. the officer, whom authorities say pulled the trigger, was not hurt. the four fairfax county
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police officers involved in a deadly shooting yesterday in centerville are on routine administrative leave. ricardo leon was shot to death at a home on kendra way early yesterday morning. police say the veteran was holding a shotgun and police opened fire when he refused to put it down. neighbors say leon was a nice guy who was happily married. police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the street in sterling. that attack happened around 10:30 wednesday night on east holly avenue. they say the man grabbed the 23-year-old woman as she was walking and threw her to the ground before he assaulted her. the suspect may have scratches on his face and body. police are still looking for the killer of a transgender person. shay mclean was killed while walking with another transgender
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woman. two men approached them, and shots were fired. police are investigating the murder as a hate crime. this morning major differences will stand in the way of a deal to raise the nation's debt limit less than two weeks before the government could default on its loans. democratic leaders met late last night with president obama over their concerns about possible cuts to medicare and other benefit programs. some republicans remain angry over potential tax hikes. a long-term agreement may be out of reach right now, but momentum is building around a short-term backup plan, and that plan would cut spending by about $1 trillion and raise the debt limit by a similar amount. it would postpone the default deadline until early next year. and president obama is trying to put partisan politics aside in reaching a deal. he wrote in a "usa today" opinion piece that "neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to this debt, but both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem." and congress also has until midnight tonight to extend the faa's operating authority.
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missing that deadline could lead to a possible shutdown of the agency. that could cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars in airline ticket taxes. thousands of faa employees would also be furloughed. air traffic controllers would remain on the job. lawmakers can still not agree on a provision republicans want that would make it harder for airline and railroad workers to unionize. in just a few hours, president obama will head to the university of maryland to participate in a town hall meeting. it will be held at richie coliseum at 11:00 this morning. the president is expected to address the ongoing effort to reduce the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. tickets are required for this event. the university of maryland is reminding anyone attending today's town hall, you need to be prepared for the heat. people needing to get inside the coliseum will be provided water, but you will not be able to carry water into that event. the time right now is 4:38. still ahead, why we may not have heard the last of donald trump in the presidential race.
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kids will be spending a lot of time outside today. the heat didn't seem to bother kids, though. it does help if you're able to swim in the pool and take part in water relay races. a lot of camps have made adjustments and brought the kids inside for longer periods of time because of this very extreme weather. >> get them in the ac for a while and cool down and then dip them in the water. >> it's dangerous. we laugh about it, but this is bad, veronica. >> absolutely. today's weather really like yesterday, really bad for everyone when you talk about the air quality. we're at code red today, and that means unhealthy for everybody. of course, with the very high humidity and the high temperatures across the area, extreme tight conditions throughout the area. so that means stay inside. if you do have to be out, really take those breaks and try to avoid the strenuous activity. like yesterday, we're going to be getting into the upper 90s, around 100 degrees.
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a lot of locations at 86. we're at a heat index of 97 degrees. 85 in alexandria. 83 degrees in fredericksburg. your high today, folks, 101. feeling like it's 117. we'll take a look at the seven day forecast in a few. it is hot outside already, but so far the roads are nice and cool. i'm checking your local roadways, d.c. good morning to you. so far i have no incidents for you. as we shoot up to 270 in maryland at montrose road, 270 is good as well. i see people are commuting heading 270 south. so far you have no delays at this time. that's a good thing. we know 270 gets very busy. going to i-66 inside and outside of the beltway, looks good. aaron and eun, back to you. 4:43. 84 degrees out there. feels like 97. we may have seen the end of nasa's shuttle area, but another one is beginning as early as today.
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subpoenas are being prepared over the allegation that news corp. tried to hack the phones of september 11th victims. there's no word on who will receive the subpoenas. the fbi opened the investigation into the allegations last week, and the senate is considering asking rupert murdoch to come to capitol hill to testify about those claims. and now to decision 2012. this morning donald trump says he may reconsider a run for the presidency. during an interview with fox news' greta van sustern said, if the republicans pick a nominee for president who's not going to
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win, he would seriously consider running as an independent. he announced in may he would not run as a republican candidate. trump says the state of the economy will also influence his next decision. rudy giuliani is also talking about the possibility of running for president. the former new york city mayor told fox news he would make a decision by the end of the summer. giuliani recently said he believes no one in the current field of republican candidates can beat president obama. giuliani also ran for president in 2008. today the defense department will take the last step toward allowing gays to serve openly in the military. defense officials say the new defense secretary, leon panetta, will certify the repeal of don't ask, don't tell today. it comes two weeks after top military leaders said repealing the 17-year-old ban would not hurt military readiness. don't ask, don't tell will end 60 days after the appeal is certified by panetta, meaning gays could serve openly by september. and maryland governor martin o'malley is expected to detail his plans to push for same-sex
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marriage legislation today. o'malley will hold a news conference to express his support for gay marriage during the next session of the general assembly in january. the governor says he has been studying new york's landmark same-sex marriage bill that was passed four months ago for ideas on how to pass it in his state. it passed the maryland senate this year but stalled in the house of delegates. it's a bittersweet day for book lovers. going out of business sales will start today at some of the more than 200 borders book sales around the country. a bankruptcy judge approved the bookstore liquidation plan yesterday. borders has been looking for a buyer since it declared bankruptcy in february. there have been no offers. that means 11,000 employees will soon be out of work, including those from 18 stores in our area. there are talks that rival books a million will buy about 35 of the closing stores. you might want to leave a bit earlier than normal this weekend if you plan on taking the red or orange line.
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on the orange line, metro crews will be making repairs to the west and east falls church stations. those stations will still be open, but there will be delays. they'll share one track at dupont circle and judiciary square as crews repair the ceilings and other parts of the station. it starts at 10:00 p.m. tonight and will go until closing time on sunday. metro riders will soon be able to add more money to your electronic fare cards online. the program allows smart trip users to avoid the lines at the vending machines and reload your fare card from any computer. metro has been testing the program with about 5,000 riders. by the end of august, that service should be available to everybody. metro's general manager says a virtual tunnel between the farragut north and farragut west metro stations could be opened by october if the software testing goes well. the virtual tunnel works like this. riders would have to leave the station and walk one block along farragut square, but you wouldn't be charged a reentry fee. this would allow people to
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easily transfer between the red, orange, and blue lines. an underground tunnel between the two stations could be added at a later date. if the end of the shuttle era, nasa is quickly turning their attention to missions to mars. today the space agency will announce the landing site for their next mars rover. curiosity. at the air and space museum on the mall. curiosity will be the largest rover to land on the red planet and will study the landing site for signs of life when it touches down in august next year. the announcement is also in mars day at the museum. the annual celebration of the first rover landing back in 1996. '76. thank you. 1976. >> curiosity? >> yes. >> i don't know if i would have gone with that name. >> i like that name. >> curiosity killed the cat. >> oh, my goodness. the shuttles will not be forgotten. they're in the process of becoming museum pieces. "atlantis" will go through a decommissioning process before going on display at the visitors complex on 2013. "endeavour" is headed to the
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california space center in los angeles. and "discovery" is bound for chantilly where it will go on display at the air and space museum at douglas. your tax dollars are no longer financing chrysler. the department has ended its investment in chrysler after italian automaker fiat owns the holdings. the treasury provided $12.5 billion to chrysler and its financing arm to prevent it from collapsing. the government has been repaid $11.2 billion of that money. it doesn't expect to recover the last $1.3 billion. thousands of people will brave the heat today to commemorate the first major battle of the civil war. >> ready? fire. >> they're in manassas for the 150th anniversary of the battle of bull run. the four-day anniversary kicked off yesterday. about 1,000 people dressed for the occasion. look at that, full wool coats
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and pants. today events include a demonstration on how to fire a musket. the commemoration continues tomorrow and sunday. you know those people are hot. my goodness. >> i talked to someone who does those reenactments, and the thing is that a long time ago during the actual war, they couldn't take a lot of times their gear off. they had to leave it on. >> but you know what, it's 2011. >> i know, but it gives you an appreciation. >> i get that, but i feel for them is what i'm saying. >> it just landed on the hottest weekend we've had in years. >> right, right. >> just happened to be that way. >> let's hope that they're safe and have folks standing by out there. let's talk about this heat because up in canada the temperatures yesterday were also in the upper 90s. that's how far this heat reaches. way up to the north they had high humidity up there also. and by the time all is said and done, this could be -- this could rival the heat wave that happened in 1995. when you look at the number of states. when you look at the number of days that this heat goes on and the number of people that will
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be impacted. 86 degrees is the current temperature. that heat index currently is at 97 degrees. temperatures throughout the area early in the morning here in the 80s. 86 degrees right inside the beltway. factor in that humidity. feels like 97 degrees here. mid to upper 80s throughout so much of the area here early this morning. take a look behind me because, while it's 97 degrees here, that, in fact, puts our heat index at the highest anywhere in the country. as i step out of the way. how about that guys? anywhere in the country right now. of course, all the advisories are up from the mid-atlantic to the nation's midsection. including here our heat index will top out around 117, maybe 118 in a few neighborhoods around stafford and fredericksburg. could get a few cooling thunderstorms this time today with that weather front coming into the area and rolling through. by saturday morning, i think, somewhere between mostly clear and a partly cloudy sky. so 98 to 102 will feel more like
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110 to 117 today. this evening hot still. 97 to 90 degrees, temperatures will be falling off. one more day of this after today. sunday, the high 94. and then low 90s for most of next week. danella? >> hey, it's nice to have good news for me. normally, i'm giving you the bad news. oh, the roads are horrible. right now they're looking really good. southbound lanes, georgia avenue have reopened. this is at arcola. they've reopened from randolph all the way through. this should help your commute. we've seen them shut down, and i know it's been a headache traveling for you in wheaton. this is i-95 north at pohick road. 95 is clear. i have no accidents for you. if you continue on to 395, the story is the same. this is a look at duke street. so far, i have no accidents to report either on 395, and it's an easy commute. aaron and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks. your time right now is 4:54. the routine that caught shoppers off guard at a local ♪
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real d.c. residents know that singing and dancing are not rel for those who need affordable access and reasonable groceries. an unusual protest in vegas where 50 showgirls marched down the strip. they were protesting casinos and resort fees. it's a small daily payment that covers amenities like internet access and valet parking, but it's not included in the advertised room rate. showgirls argued the money collected from the resort fees should go to employees instead
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of resort management. coming up today, the opening lineup at the fillmore concert hall in downtown silver spring will be announced. that announcement comes at 10:00 this morning. it's located across from the film institute's silver theater. the fillmore is a 2,000-seat concert/entertainment venue. opening date will be mid-september. in the meantime, the curious can visit the fillmore's preview center on elsworth drive in silver spring. coming up later today, an announcement from youtube about live music concerts. the google owned company will let us know about plans to live stream two of the summer's biggest music festivals. they'll present live coverage from chicago's lollapalooza and the texas austin music city festival. and a second feed of the backstage areas and interviews.